Magnolias

Magnolias

Deciduous and evergreen large shrubs or feature size trees, many with nicely scented flowers in spring and summer. We have a great modern selection from around the world, including many new yellows which flower slightly later than the pinks and whites, and can avoid the frosts.

Magnolias prefer full sun, cool roots and shelter from strong winds. Plant in enriched soil, deeply worked, free draining, moisture retentive neutral to slightly acidic. After planting, feed with a good ericaceous fertilizer and mulch well. Apply slow release fertilizer every spring whilst the plant is establishing.

Magnolias were amongst the first plants on Earth to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are native to America and Asia, but not Europe. The Magnolia was named by Linnaeus in commemoration of Pierre Magnol, who was Louis XIV's doctor and a professor of Botany. Magnolia grandiflora was introduced into Britain from America in 1734. The first Magnolias from China arrived around 1780, and proved much hardier than those from America.

NEW: Just added some cracking new varieties, especially late flowering yellows, from renowned breeders such as August Kehr in Carolina, and Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium. Being new and grafted, they do cost a bit more, and the 3 litre size are about 60-90cm tall.

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Magnolia 'Theodora'
Magnolia 'Theodora'
One of the darkest pink soulangeana magnolias, with flowers that grade beautifully from darkest rich purple to pale pink. Upright habit, and flowering quite early for its type. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on sheltered acid soils. Magnolia expert Maurice Foster raised this plant and named it after his granddaughter. It is a hybrid of M. ‘Dark Shadow’ x M. campbellii mollicomata...
£34.95
Magnolia Black Tulip
Magnolia Black Tulip
One of the deepest port wine red coloured flowers available. Goblet shaped flowers during April, on a plant with upright habit. Highly sought after. Raised by Jury in New Zealand. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils.
£34.95

Magnolia Caerhay's Belle  AGM
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Magnolia Caerhay's Belle AGM
Rich blowsy salmon pink flowers up to 30cm wide and displayed sideways in great profusion in March, followed by large decorative pink seed cones, 20cm long. Forms a small to medium sized tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils.
£34.95
Magnolia Columnar Pink
Magnolia Columnar Pink
Deep pink cup shaped flowers, fade paler in April-May giving giving a long flowering season. Strong branched upright habit ideal for smaller gardens. A Maurice Foster selection. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95

Magnolia Copeland Court
Magnolia Copeland Court
Large deep clear pink flowers, shaded crimson on the outside, and paler on the inside, flowering in April. Probably the best deep pink 'Goddess' magnolia, forming a small to medium broad spreading tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best on moist acid soils. This seedling was raised by George Johnstone, and given to Bishop Hunkin of Truro. Named after a hall of residence at the Cathedral School.
£34.95
Magnolia Daybreak  AGM
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Magnolia Daybreak AGM
Superb large scented blooms, deep pink on the outside, paler on the inside, flowering profusely in April and May. Strong growing columnar habit. Give shelter from cold winds. Height 2-4metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils. Raised by August Kehr at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and rated as one of his best magnolias. The original plant, registered in 1991, is 12 metres tall and only 2.5 metres...
£34.95

Magnolia Elizabeth  AGM
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Magnolia Elizabeth AGM
Fragrant cream to soft yellow flowers in late April/early May. The soft yellow flowers gradually fade to cream and the young unfurling leaves open to a dull reddish colour and turn to a dark green upper surface. An excellent deciduous cultivar which is very floriferous. Makes a broad spreading, vigorous small to medium sized tree. Magnolia acuminata was hybridised with M. denudata in 1956 at the Brooklyn...
£34.95
Magnolia Galaxy  AGM
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Magnolia Galaxy AGM
Striking purple pink to red slightly scented flowers in mid to late spring make a stunning statement in the garden. This plant makes a wonderful small to medium sized deciduous tree, initially upright in habit, but maturing to a pyramidal shape. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95

Magnolia Golden Gift
Magnolia Golden Gift
(H5) Deep yellow flowers which are borne in abundance. Later flowering avoids most frosts, and last well in spring. Best grown as multi stemmed shrub ideal for small gardens. Height 2.5 metres in 10 years. Best in rich well drained soils. Perfect for that 'Golden couple'!
£29.95
Magnolia Golden Pond
Magnolia Golden Pond
Large yellow tulip shaped flowers with narrow tepals, held upright on bare branches. Rich colour intensity during April-May. A fast growing large shrub or multi-stemmed tree. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. M. acuminata x M. denudata David Leach 1997.
£34.95

Magnolia Honey Liz
Magnolia Honey Liz
NEW. Lovely large floppy deep yellow flowers in April which soon hang over the fully expanded leaves. A vigorous tall growing tree with large bullate dark green leaves, reaching 4 metres in 10 years. This plant was hybridized by Magnolia experts August Kehr in Carolina, USA, and raised by Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium.
£29.95
Magnolia Leda
Magnolia Leda
NEW! Stunning pure white large cup and saucer flowers up to 20cm. Hardy, with an upright habit flowering early in March-April. Needs shelter from cold winds. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Needs moist acid/neutral soil First sold as cylindrica. Named after Swan Leda, Belgium. bred by Phillipe de Spoelberch in 1997, (M. cylindrica x M. campbellii var. alba)
£34.95

Magnolia Lu Shan
Magnolia Lu Shan
Pretty flowers of purest white, held upright on the branches in April. Plant has neat upright habit too. M. denudata x M. cylindrica. Named for Lu Shan Botanic Garden, China. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Mag's Pirouette  AGM
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Magnolia Mag's Pirouette AGM
NEW. White flowers with the outer tepals shorter than the inner ones, so there's an abundance of small flowers of good substance with a delightful citrus scent, flowering in April. A plant of compact habit, reaching around 3 metres in height. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content. Also known as Magnolia x loebneri Pirouette.
£34.95

Magnolia Norman Gould
Magnolia Norman Gould
Pure white cup shaped flowers with 8-9 tepals, with hint of pink at base in late March and April. Forms a vigorous multi-stemmed tree with prolific flowering from a young age. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. It tolerates neutral and alkaline soils, but grows best in moisture retentive soils with a good humus content. A polyploid selection of Magnolia kobus raised at RHS Wisley using colchinine treatment...
£29.95
Magnolia Peachy
Magnolia Peachy
NEW! Fragrant orange-pink flowers, creamy yellow on the inside. Fast growing, upright then spreading habit. Flowers in April-May. Medium size tree, 2-4 metres in 10 years, then growing up to 10m. Hardy but does need shelter from cold winds. Parentage is M. acuminata 'Fertile Myrtle' x M. sprengeri 'Diva'. An American hybrid raised by Phil Savage, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
£34.95

Magnolia Pegasus AGM
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Magnolia Pegasus AGM
Pure white candle like flowers with delicate rays of pink-purple at the base. Flowering in April with 6 large upright tepals and 3 smaller outer tepals, with good frost tolerance. Cylindrical red fruiting cones in the autumn. A fast growing upright tree, possibly a hybrid between M. cylindrica and M. denudata, growing 2-4 metres high in 10 years, and then 15m at maturity. Please note this variety...
£34.95
Magnolia Pristine
Magnolia Pristine
Star-like white flowers on bare branches in April. A good hybrid between M. denudata x M. stellata 'Waterlily', and the flowers show more white tepals. Frost protect when young. It forms a small tree up to 3 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils, but will tolerate neutral soils with good organic content.
£34.95

Magnolia Rebecca's Perfume
Magnolia Rebecca's Perfume
A wonderful light pink soulangeana hybrid which is pinky-white on the outside, and glistening pure white inside. Really scented flowers over a long period in April. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils
£34.95
Magnolia Spectrum  AGM
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Magnolia Spectrum AGM
Gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers which are lighter on the inside on a small to medium size deciduous tree, flowering from mid-April to late May. It has an upright habit when young, but develops into a broad pyramidal shape after 15-20 years. Magnolia liliiflora has been hybridized with many species and has produced fantastic results. William Kosar of the US National Arboretum raised this Magnolia...
£34.95

Magnolia sprengeri Copeland Court  AGM
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Magnolia sprengeri Copeland Court AGM
Large clear pink flowers up to 20cm across, in April. A choice sprengeri Diva hybrid which forms a small broad spreading plant of symmetrical appearance. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years. Best in moist acid soils. Being a sprengeri hybrid, it does take a few years to start flowering.
£34.95
Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
A lovely plant with pure white, large, star-shaped scented flowers in March and April. A native of Japan where it is found in mountain woodland, it is a slow growing small tree or large shrub which rarely exceeds 3m in height. Best in acid or neutral soil, in sun or part shade. Protect from late spring frosts when young, as these can kill every bud, and hence the plant.
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Magnolia Summer Solstice
Magnolia Summer Solstice
NEW! Stunning scented pink cup shaped flower opening to creamy white up to 10cm across. Flowering in June to extend the season. Height 2-4m 10 years, turning into a medium sized conical shaped tree. Prefers neutral to acid moist soil, full sun and needs shelter from cold wind. This chance seedling with different foliage was spotted by Magnolia enthusiast Maurice Foster growing in a row of M. globosa...
£34.95
Magnolia Tiketare
Magnolia Tiketare
A good late flowering pink variety, with a slowly spreading habit. A fine new variety from New Zealand. Pink cup shaped flowers with darker stripes on the outside, and pure white on the inside. April-May flowering. Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95

Magnolia Vulcan
Magnolia Vulcan
Large deep port wine and red, cup and saucer shaped flowers fading deep pink in May. Colour improves with age. Scented. Upright growing plant, that grows into a small tree in time Height 2-4 metres in 10 years.
£34.95
Magnolia Wildcat AGM
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Magnolia Wildcat AGM
A particularly floriferous soft pink opening to pure white star shaped flowers with 52 tepals about 10cm across. Long lasting flowers in March-April. Forms a large bushy plant, which is surprisingly tolerant of wind. Height 2-3 metres in 10 years. Best in sunny positions and grown in moist soils. This x loebneri hybrid was raised by Larry Langford in Tenessee, USA
£34.95

Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Donna' AGM
A recently introduced late flowering plant with huge 15 to 20cm wide flat-shaped white fragrant flowers in April. An extremely beautiful and hardy loebneri hybrid. Densely branched deciduous upright habit growing 3.0m in 10 years. It will perform best in full sun. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits...
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'  AGM
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Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill' AGM
Gorgeous white scented flowers (up to 15cm wide) in late March and early April. This deciduous plant forms a large, spreading shrub or small to medium tree. It will perform best in full sun and in any reasonable soil except waterlogged. Magnolia kobus was hybridised with M.stellata by Max Loebner prior to 1914 to produce the Magnolia x loebneri cultivar. Diverse habits resulted and this is a great...
£19.95

Magnolia Yellow Bird
Magnolia Yellow Bird
Bright canary yellow flowers appear with the foliage in late April, hopefully after the worst of any spring frosts. A fast growing upright tree raised at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Height 4 metres in 10 years. (M. acuminata x M. x brooklynensis 'Eva Maria')
£34.95